3. Even if you are innocent and deny you are guilty and mostly tell the truth, you can easily get carried away and tell some little lie or make some little mistake that will hang you. In stressful situations, people often start to give a great deal of information. Even if they are innocent, people may unintentionally lie about a small detail when going on and on, and that mistake could be used to obtain a conviction.
Example: Most clients are very nervous when they are questioned or arrested by the police. He told the police officer that he was not even in town the day an alleged burglary occurred. It turns out that the truth was that he came back into town that day. He did not intentionally lie, but he was mistaken about the time frame he returned. In his own mind, he was not in town that day, yet he came back that day well within the stroke of time when the burglary occurred. He gave himself the opportunity to commit the crime, and that was used to help convict him.
4. Even if you are innocent and only tell the truth, you will always give the police some information that can be used to help convict you. People often get intimidated or nervous when speaking to the police or detectives and start to tell everything. Even if they are innocent, if one thing could be harmful, the police will use that one statement or action to obtain a conviction. Even truthful responses may provide the government with incriminating evidence.
Example: Many clients that will admit a negative relationship with someone, which then helps the state prosecute then. Several examples include when someone indicates they had been fighting with the alleged victim or had a financial dispute or that they simply didn’t like the alleged victim. Imagine a person who had a long-standing feud with a neighbor. The discussion about that feud with the investigating officers of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) was used in a presentation of motive against our client. Although motive is not necessary to achieve a conviction, it certainly does not hurt when they do not have other evidence.
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